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Old 05-03-2018, 01:19 PM
 
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Has anyone made margaritas in a big batch for a group of people or a party? specifically WITHOUT using the premade mix stuff.

I made some "healthy" margaritas for a few friends like 2 months ago that came out really good - i squeezed limes and blood oranges, added some agave nectar and then added tequila, they were awesome. But for cinco de mayo i'm having a much larger group of people so i don't think i can stand there and squeeze fresh fruit all day lol.

Any way to make margaritas in a big batch WITHOUT using the pre-made mix?
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Old 05-03-2018, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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Either have a lot of people to help with prep or get a juicer.
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Old 05-03-2018, 06:02 PM
 
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I don't make "batches" of mixed drinks... mostly because I seem to always end up with a ton of leftover (and I'm not cheap with my liquor brands) as people want something different. But I do short-cut with ready-made juice. Really easy to buy lemon or lime juice in a bottle. Blood orange, not so much so you'd need to pre-juice those if you wanted to make the exact same, but it could be done up to a week ahead.

Then it's just making drinks as people request them. There's never a rush as people all show up at different time and want refills at different times... though it is constant.
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Old 05-04-2018, 10:09 AM
 
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Has anyone made margaritas in a big batch for a group of people or a party? specifically WITHOUT using the premade mix stuff.

I made some "healthy" margaritas for a few friends like 2 months ago that came out really good - i squeezed limes and blood oranges, added some agave nectar and then added tequila, they were awesome. But for cinco de mayo i'm having a much larger group of people so i don't think i can stand there and squeeze fresh fruit all day lol.

Any way to make margaritas in a big batch WITHOUT using the pre-made mix?

I've done this quite a few times for margaritas. (I never use the premade mixes; I think they're generally nasty.) I make them a little differently than if I were making individual margaritas, to save money and labor, but the basics are the same.

I'll start with some decent quality tequila and triple sec, then I'll squeeze a bunch of limes. (a squeezer tool is essential) I make this base fairly strong on the booze, then I'll stretch it with some less-sugary lemonade from the store.
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Old 06-24-2018, 08:39 AM
 
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If you make it, I'll drink it!
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Old 06-25-2018, 01:29 AM
 
Location: So Cal
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I don't make "batches" of mixed drinks... mostly because I seem to always end up with a ton of leftover (and I'm not cheap with my liquor brands) as people want something different. But I do short-cut with ready-made juice. Really easy to buy lemon or lime juice in a bottle. Blood orange, not so much so you'd need to pre-juice those if you wanted to make the exact same, but it could be done up to a week ahead.

Then it's just making drinks as people request them. There's never a rush as people all show up at different time and want refills at different times... though it is constant.
I truly avoid calling people out, but I cannot let this stand. That's one of the FEW things I'll come down on people for. No bottled citrus EVER!!! Ever, ever ever!!! NEVER! lol I said EVER!!!

lol Just don't do it. It's so much better fresh.

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I've done this quite a few times for margaritas. (I never use the premade mixes; I think they're generally nasty.) I make them a little differently than if I were making individual margaritas, to save money and labor, but the basics are the same.

I'll start with some decent quality tequila and triple sec, then I'll squeeze a bunch of limes. (a squeezer tool is essential) I make this base fairly strong on the booze, then I'll stretch it with some less-sugary lemonade from the store.
Ahem. Thank you.
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Old 06-25-2018, 01:15 PM
 
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I truly avoid calling people out, but I cannot let this stand. That's one of the FEW things I'll come down on people for. No bottled citrus EVER!!! Ever, ever ever!!! NEVER! lol I said EVER!!!



I take it you're not one to watch America's Test Kitchen (TV show on PBS)? They do blind tests and torment the host, one of those was taste-testing different "lemon juices" (straight, lemonade, in a tart IIRC) and "fresh" finished dead last, behind every other bottled option on the market.



I go through a LOT of lemon juice (benefits to adding it to green tea, which is my drink of choice), and only have lemons when I need zest. I juice lemons when I have them, but there is Zero consistency. Fresh can be much better, but more often it's worse to much worse. Same is true for all citrus I've tried... Personally, I'd rather have a known quantity than juice a dozen fruit in hopes of getting enough that's acceptable/better than what's in a bottle.



Anyway, carry on with your high horse position.
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Old 06-26-2018, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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We make skinny ones and just freeze the extras.

1/2 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup no sugar added orange juice
1/8 cup agave
2 cups tequila

Fill glass with ice, pour above mixture about 1/3 of the glass, fill to the top with lime flavored soda water.
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Old 06-27-2018, 12:47 PM
 
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We have made margaritas in our blender using Ina Garten's recipe, bought Josť Cuervo already pre made and we have used Mott's margarita mix with tequila in a cocktail shaker.
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Old 06-28-2018, 06:50 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I prefer Sauza margarita mix. It's the only one I've found recently that doesn't use high fructose corn syrup. Blended with Hornitos reposado, triple sec and some fresh squeezed lime, then served over plenty of ice, it makes a fine hot weather drink.

Don't forget to salt the rim.
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